Tuesday, January 11, 2011

PK on Broadway: Rangers Game Preview and Open Thread

Tonight, PK Subban gets to take his mega-watt smile and polarizing demeanor to the city that never sleeps as the Habs take on the Broadway Blueshirts. Will Montreal be another smash hit like Billy Elliot, or will they end up with a trail of broken bodies and bad reviews like Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark?

Curtain, Lights: 7:00 pm at the "World's Most Famous Arena" (cough, cough - not because of you, Rangers - cough cough) on RDS, actual full nation TSN, and the MSG network. Habs have actually won three of four, while the Rangers have taken three straight.

Names above the marquee: Do you get the feeling PK would be on a Times Square billboard already if he wore a Ranger's jersey?  At the very least Don Cherry would love his moxie rather than call him uppity. Eyes are on him and the Whizzer (6 points in 6 games as a Hab) as nearly the last men standing on the Habs blueline. Scott Gomez (he of the 13 points in his last 12 - it's true!) returns to where he signed his massive contract in the first place. He should be up for this. All Star Carey Price is always center stage because this team can't score, but it looks like understudy Alex Auld goes tonight. Understudy Lars Eller also gets a game in place of lead tenor Squid. For the Rangers, Brandon Dubinsky is the new Ron Duguay, leading the team in scoring and swooning ladies in the crowd. Marian Gaborik is ever dangerous but currently ice cold. All Star King Henrik Lundqvist remains one of the NHL's best and All Star Marc Staal is quickly becoming a game-changer on defence.

Bit players: Rangers made a move for some offence to cover for the season ending injury of Alex Frolov by acquiring Wojtek Wolski for "much-maligned" defender Michael Rosival. With all New York's injuries, guys like rookie Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov have been getting some valuable minutes. Captain Chris Drury will never live up to his contract (signed the same day as Gomez) but Rangers fans seem to have accepted him. Habs need much more from supposed headliners Pleks and Big Tits; both are in prolonged slumps and there isn't a lot of help coming from the bottom two lines so it's far more noticeable.

Your understudies will be: Weber is in because Markov and Gorges are out for the year. Eller is back in as Squid fights off "flu-like" symptoms. Rangers could cast an entire production with their injury list, as Vinny Prospal, Derek Boogard, Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen and Alex Frolov are all definitely out, and former Habs first-rounder Ryan McDonagh is questionable. Wolkski may have to play defence and wing to make up the shortfall.

Playing the fool as always: Sean Avery. Still around, still an asshole. Sigh.

Scathing reviews courtesy of: Interesting look at the business of hockey through the Rangers over at BlueSeatsBlog. Wait, there's a blog that isn't run by snarky, photoshopping weirdos with a penchant for swearing? Yep. Good for them.

Aprés show entertainment: Um, it's New York. If you can't find something to do aprés show in New Freaking York, I can't help you.

63 comments:

HabsFan29 said...

PK just wants to DANCE!

lawyergirl77 said...

10, this review bring much joy to my broadway-hummin', musicals-lovin' heart.

+2,534 performances for this review. (Bonus points to first poster who can identify this musical)

HabsFan29 said...

Rochelle, Rochelle: The Musical?

soperman said...

Funny though I am not a fan of musicals. Maybe that makes it funnier. I have to take Mrs. soperman to New York in February. Hmmm, maybe I can convince her Rangers are a hot new musical. Naw, despite choosing me, she is pretty quick.

Mr. natural said...

@LG77 = Avenue Q!

I live to dance, it's my love it's my life I'M GAY!!

*did I just say that out loud?!!*

I hear we've signed Snooki and she will Broadway Bash them with her Ti..Jug... ummm attributes.

GYMFHG!

Steve said...

Cue Cinnamon girl,

Lego get your head out of the instruction manual.

PFK its sissonne en avant, and entrechat, cabriole, assemblé, jeté, with multiple Savardian Spinarama's all night long.

Patches, dont change a bit

Mini Mex (as named by Chicken) make Patches proud.

Chicken, stay away from Kenny Rodgers your on the upswing.

GYFHG

Steve said...

@lawyerGirl, I am going to feel silly if its not CATS.

Steve said...

Rhino alert from Allhabs

You will recall that earlier in the season, coach Martin preferred to have Picard in the line-up over Ryan O’Byrne. Many Canadiens pundits now lament the lack of a punishing defenseman while O’Byrne plays on the top pairing in Colorado and leads the team in hits, plus/minus and blocked shots per game.

Chocula "but once he scored on his own net and that can never be forgiven by a rookie"

moeman said...

A+ review HF10 and a bouquet of flowers for GG11!

Now raise the fuckin' curtain already!

lawyergirl77 said...

DING! Mr. Natural FTW!!

"Everyone's a little bit racist sometimes... Doesn't mean we're goin' round committing hate criiiiimes!"

Steve: Close. Cats only has 4,951 more performances... *cough*

Topic? I seriously hope that the Rangers have "It sucks to be me" stuck in their heads after tonight's game.

Mr. natural said...

.....waiting for prize here....!!

If this blog EVER shows any pics of Snookie I will track down the perpetrator and slap them silly I am deadly serious on that point.

HabsFan29 said...

@Mr n - snooki has already appeared on this blog in a Jersey preview

Mr. natural said...

@29, ya shudda guessed that, how PHucken' depressing.

I have a question, if there is a God why would he create a Snooki?

Mr. natural said...

@29, ya shudda guessed that, how PHucken' depressing.

I have a question, if there is a God why would he create a Snooki?

moeman said...

Who said God created Snooki? Its like suggesting a God had the sense to create sean avery, the leaf, daniel brière, hnic, mcsplooge, crazy Anon, ...

The Gate To The Groin For Yannick Bertrand said...

Those guys over at BlueSeatsBlog... not big fans of pictures, images, or just graphics in general, are they?

Moey said...

@sope,

Me no likey musicals either! The last one I saw was Cats, I was ready to hang myself by intermission.

GoldenGirl11 said...

About 10 minutes into Les Mis I leaned over and asked DrGG when they were going to talk already. Shoulda done some reading before accepting the tickets. Most miserable I ever was at the theater. Cats was a close second.

Moey said...

@GG,

I don't mind live theater, I saw Mousetrap many moons ago in London. That was pretty cool and there was NO singing.

HabsFan29 said...

FUCK

moeman said...

ack.

Moey said...

STFU McSplooge.

moeman said...

The only way mcsplooge gets STFU'd is by being made the Sens GM.

HabsFan29 said...

ive switCHed to RDS. BB over mcsplooge is the lesser of two evils

HabsFan29 said...

nice welcome back to the lineup Lego you idiot

moeman said...

Lego didn't 'haul down' it was an assisted dive.

HabsFan29 said...

nice kill

HabsFan29 said...

oh PK

HabsFan29 said...

nice make up call

HabsFan29 said...

well except for the goal and the penalties, we pretty much outplayed them. all that and a buck will buy you a bowl of soup, or something like that

Moey said...

I can't believe I dozed off for a minute. Damn you warm blankie and sofa. You'd think the Rangers were the '77 Habs the way McSplooge was going on about them.

@moe,

I wish someone would make him a GM but I'm sure before long he'll be back on TSN. Any bets?

GoldenGirl11 said...

@Moey
I've seen some amazing plays on and off broadway. A few musicals were fun. Operettas make me want to hurl.

Seems Billy Elliot jumped ship and is playing in goal for Ottawa tonight.

moeman said...

Good one GG.

~~~

Moey, I will piss myself laughing the day any team (it'll be Ottawa) makes mcsplooge their GM. Not enough Bounty™ to clean up that sticky mess.

HabsFan29 said...

patCHes is our best player right now. im not sure what that says about us

HabsFan29 said...

i take back that patches comment

moeman said...

System is broken.

HabsFan29 said...

that "PP" blew

moeman said...

Our boys can't score, at all. It ain't da boys, its da system.

Moey said...

I'm honestly starting to think it would be easier for this squad to thread a needle with their gloves on than score a fucking goal.

moeman said...

tsn is less than excited but 1-1!!!

Orangeman said...

WooT! Right when I tuned in!

moeman said...

Sissy Spacek!

Steve said...

what we have here is a failure to communicate, as in from Mr Molson to Mr Goat to Mr Chocula >your fired?

Even the Laffs with their Jr B talent pool score goals, fucking Gravol looks like Mike Bossy under there system, fuck fuck fuck

For the last time, plyons dont score, a team of pylons is only useful on a construction project

Orangeman said...

Brian Mullen over on MSG says the Rangers have been dominating. Shots are 25-20 Habs. Clarify, FHFers!

bea.habs.fan said...

I thought for sure that goal would get waved off on some piss-ant reason.
was not even aware the score was tied.
guess I'm trying so hard to distance myself from the ups and downs of this team that I'm not registering what I'm seeing anymore.
or my body's telling me I need my beauty sleep.

WV prescient WV: tubedb

Orangeman said...

By the way, if we're swapping theatre here's mine:

I saw Rent in Korea. No, not Korean Rent, the American production in English with giant screens translating. Seeing as the play features AIDS, homosexuality, cross-dressing, transvestites and monthly rent (all things that, according to official documents, DO NOT exist in Korea) it didn't go over too well.

Afterwards I went to a nearby Thai restaurant for dinner with my friends where a couple of the leads were also eating before the later show. Many locals asked several times for autographs and pictures, but the actors expalined they only had a few minutes to eat but if they came back to the theatre after the next show they'd be glad to. Anyway, at one point a Korean couple sat down near the cast and started to "Take pictures of themselves" which happened to only focus on the actors. My quiet friend (she's an ordained minister...yeah, I have all sorts of friends, don't try to pigeonhole me!) got up and reprimanded them in Korean, to the shock of everyone in the place.

In the end, a pale white girl speaking Korean that well turned out to be more celebrated than any international acotr so she was forced to pose for pictures until I was done eating what was left of her meal. Never a dull moment in Korea.

HabsFan29 said...

CHicken!!!!

Orangeman said...

I fee like CHicken tonight!

bea.habs.fan said...

I swear i saw Chocula crack a smile.

(thank you WV for giving me my next winning word in scrabble : smskqrc - think on the numbe rof points I could get ....)

HabsFan29 said...

JUST HOLD ON BOYS FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

Moey said...

So McSplooge has to give "some" credit to the Habs because they have the lead. It must kill him. Don't fret Pierre Pollock, Ottawa is beckoning.

b.h.f said...

I'm afraid to watch and afraid not to

HabsFan29 said...

JUST HOLD ON BOYS FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

b.h.f. said...

yeah
made it it 7th

HabsFan29 said...

WHEW

Orangeman said...

Alright alright alright. Getting things back on track here. This should not be taken to mean there aren't still glaring problems. But a W is nice.

Stupid Sens. Win a fucking game once in a while.

moeman said...

Good win!

Go Sharks!!

Orangeman said...

I find it funny that at TSN they have pics of Squid and Crosby to promote the Pens Habs game tomorrow.

ti-cul said...

Yo Benny!!! woot woot! Man I'm getting bored of that JM's hockey. OK we win, but what a fucking boring game. JM is going to make me wish that we lose in an exciting manner. The Montreal devils, New Jersey Canadiens. Fuck this shit, Go you mother fucking Habs Go!!!

Number31 said...

Wooooooooooooooooooooooo! That's what I want to come home to. Yes, Habs are my husband and a win is a big W-shaped hug.

moeman said...

J.T. says "-Gill covers more territory than the British Empire when he lies down."

I respond with Gilliver!

L Dude said...

Because I crap on him a LOT, I've got to give JM his dues. I believe he actually did some awesome coaching in the 3rd period. Did AK (doesn't deserve the Tits moniker) have more than 1 or 2 shifts? Pyatt? Eller?
CHicken is playing great and being rewarded. Nice coaching indeed.

FLAMES! So close to the monumental comeback vs the Whale. Too bad.

I's tired. G'nite.

Howie Feltersnatch said...

@Moeman

I am sure McSplooge will be in Bytown sooner rather than later